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    Re: 8x10 Polaroid / New55

    I have shot the new Polaroid B&W 8x10 stuff. It's fantastic assuming you have clean rollers and good technique. I have one framed in my office.

    Remarkably 10 sheets of Polaroid film is cheaper...
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    Re: Log live 8x10 Large format

    I don't think many photographers 'switch to 8x10' in the sense that they pick up the format and only use that. The fact is 8x10 is so impractical in many ways that it's more of a tool in the tool...
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    Re: Gibellini 8x10 Film Holders

    Yes, it's very strange. They go in and fit slightly loosely on either side. Then the 'knub' does not seat in the groove, so when you attempt to pull out the dark slide the holder simply comes out...
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    Re: Gibellini 8x10 Film Holders

    I can tell you that they don't fit in my Chamonix 810V.
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    Re: Ilford Ilfosol 3

    Buy the raw materials to make D76H. Couldn't be easier to do and lasts a very long time.
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    Re: xtol alternative

    There is a PQ / ascorbic acid variant of D76 in the 3rd edition of the Darkroom Cookbook. Personally I am settling on D76H. I loved XTol, but I got sheets to process my dudes.
  7. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    If you know where to get control strips I'd love to know about it...
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    Re: DSLR Film Scanning

    I would defer to Sandy re his scanning advice generally but I use a S1R, 47mp or 189 with pixel shift. I usually downsample my pixel shifted scans to 100mp as I think it cleans up the file a bit and...
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    Re: DSLR Film Scanning

    The advantage of getting the 1:1 macro lens is that it'll be meant for doing this kind of work and thus be well suited to the task. A 24-70 zoom even at a middle aperture will IMHO be not high...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    NEVER EVER buy a Gibellini! There are a few threads here with horror stories including my own. Their designs look nice but they make incredibly shoddy products. My 8x10 had light leaks from day...
  11. Re: Using Chamonix 8x10 with heavy lenses

    I've used the Caltar/Rodenstock 360/6.8 and it sits well on the 810V. Very stable in fact. I probably would not try to combine an ultra-light camera with a heavy lens, but I don't really consider...
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    Re: Piezography: Talk me into/out of it

    I've always been satisfied with the Epson HD ink sets and ABW. Beautiful prints are made every day with that technology, it would take a lot to convince me to make the switch. Frankly I could make...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Hard to imagine a better 'all rounder' field camera system than those produced by Chamonix. For lenses, I gravitate toward late Caltars, because they're Rodenstock for less.

    For film holders,...
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    Re: Hip to be Square!

    This way you can print with black film borders.
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    Hip to be Square!

    I did not know this format was a thing, and in fact I only came across it when browsing the Chamonix website, but apparently they sell 8x8 film holders. These are just 8x10 holders with an 8x8 film...
  16. Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    Not to buck trends here but personally I can't imagine a better value proposition than the Chamonix line up. The Linhofs are very nice, but they're also very heavy. Most LF shooters I know are not...
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    Re: Going Long on 5x7

    It comes from shooting with a Schneider Tele-Xenar 180/2.8 on 6x6 in my Hy6 Mod 2. Just a joy to use, nice long reach. The compositions become simple, the DoF effects are lovely. I believe I was...
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    Re: Going Long on 5x7

    Very cool, I'll look for the Nikkor set at some point. Seems like a good investment if I can get 720 on both my 8x10 and 5x7.
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    Going Long on 5x7

    To buttress the going wide post, I'm interested in a telephoto design for my 5x7 Chamonix. I've never used the T type lenses. Are there any that you can particularly recommend? I have a 300mm 5.6...
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    Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    I saw a BTS shot from one of the images. They were doing tethered capture. I think they were using a tech camera of some kind. One of the prints was made by Acorn Editions and a guy who runs an...
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    Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    Some bad HDR in those new pieces. Personally I think he should have stuck with large format.
  22. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    A 105 will also require a larger, heavy duty copy stand. The 70 makes the working distance a little easier, especially as the format gets big.

    I upgraded to a heavy duty Besler copy stand, and...
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    Re: scanning lantern slides

    I just scanned a bunch of these using my S1R set up with pixel shift. Correct me if I'm wrong but it sure seemed to me like these were dupes from some other original photographic process? Even for...
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    Re: Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    After a ton of 'fussing', I have everything level and secure.

    Next step will be to use the alignment tool.
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    Re: Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    If I could fully wall mount it I might be able to get it a little more even but the problem is, it's just me. Once it's on the wall it's extremely difficult to feed in the counterweights. My...
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    Re: Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    I think that with the modification those little screws don't have much of an effect. I will try with shims.
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    Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    I am setting up my Zone VI (modified to 8x10) enlarger.

    Any tips and tricks for getting perfect alignment? I'm planning to use a Versalab alignment tool but before I get to that step I was...
  28. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    The Sony file appears to have much better definition of fine details, but yes it is close. Only very large prints would likely show this difference. Still, I think there is just an advantage to...
  29. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Exotic may be the wrong word but they do require a bellows focusing rig and generally more 'fussing'. In the test I saw the 75 performed very well in it's 1:1 sweet spot but fell off at other...
  30. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Even if the A7xxxxx produces better scans, if you're more likely to use and enjoy the Fuji then you should factor that in. Just depends on where your priorities are. The 50R will make 50mp scans...
  31. Re: DSLR scanning with Kaiser Slimlite Plano 5000K question

    You just need a stable rig for longer shutter speeds. Also if you're using a DSLR make sure you're using something like 'electronic first curtain' shutter (that's what Nikon calls it). If it's...
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    Re: Diffusion v Condenser v LED

    Eh, I can think of more “foolish” things to spend money on. Watches, guns, fast cars, anything with a red Leica dot. With the Heiland at least you can reasonably assume you will have a working...
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    Re: Diffusion v Condenser v LED

    The Heiland is great. I have one in my LPL and I really can't complain. It's the brightest enlarger I've used by far (requiring an ND in some cases). They are a lot of money however. If you have...
  34. Re: Does Anyone have any experience with the RH Designs Analyser Pro? Any thoughts on

    I'm a big Ansco 130 fan, it's my downfall.
  35. Re: Does Anyone have any experience with the RH Designs Analyser Pro? Any thoughts on

    I had one for a while and eventually swapped it for the Heiland Splitgrade. It's a very nice piece of equipment but the calibration process was a little labor intensive. Figure one whole night of...
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    Re: Experience with Colenta Processors

    Hi Bob, I'm in Maine.

    You can read about my lab here: https://www.northeastphotographic.com/

    I'm hoping to order one in the next couple years. I honestly may attempt to crowd fund all or a...
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    Re: Experience with Colenta Processors

    https://1drv.ms/f/s!AlKiGRqr4DYvxgqVjhDItUN93JvF

    I got an update from Colenta recently about their newest design. As a lab owner I find this pretty interesting. It would require a $60-70k...
  38. Re: Eliot Dudik's "Paradise Road" series featured on NPR

    I follow him on Instagram. I like this project more than some of the recent ones he's posted. Thank you for sharing this.

    *kicks self for not photographing more*
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Did anyone ever make 8x10 ready loads?
  40. Re: Comparison of Howtek 8000 Resolve to Epson V850

    I have read that fluid mounting effects the process of drum scanning more than say, DSLR scanning. Something about the way the light interacts with the sensor. I do not own a drum scanner, but I...
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